Tigers coaching staff due in Dhaka in first week of September

DHAKA – All of the coaching staff including the head coach Russell Domingo will return to the Bangladesh in the first week of September as the national cricket team gears up for the tour in Sri Lanka.

The coaching staff will have to be in mandatory isolation for 14-day before joining the team’s practice campaign, said a high official of BCB Cricket Operations.

“All of the coaches including Domingo will be available in Bangladesh in the first week of September. They have to be in self-isolation for 14 days as per the government rules,” Akram Khan, the chairman of BCB Cricket Operations said here today.

The BCB fixed five-star hotel for the staff for being in isolation after returning to Dhaka. It is almost sure that Domingo will be in Dhaka on September 2, while he will be followed by fielding coach Ryan
Kook and bowling coach Ottis Gibson.

Batting coach Neil Mckenzie meanwhile stepped down from his post, citing family reasons. McKenzie said it was a tough decision for him to take after spending some memorable times with the Bangladesh side: “It is difficult to leave a role which I have thoroughly enjoyed. From the very beginning, I have been made to feel a part of the team and I am going with happy memories.

“I will continue to follow the team and the wonderful players I have had the pleasure of working with and hope to involve myself with Bangladesh cricket again when circumstances permit.”

Due to Corona, foreign guests have to go through proper process on arrival in Dhaka. Special permission has to be taken from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The coaches of Bangladesh are not out of this. However, BCB has already completed all the paper works. As a result, there is no obstacle for foreign coaches to come to Dhaka.

Bangladesh will travel to Sri Lanka to play a three-match Test series in the last week of September. The first Test is likely to begin from October 24.

Earlier, a three-day camp was scheduled to be held in Dhaka. However, the main preparation will be in Sri Lanka.BSS